Friday, May 09, 2008

Questionable clothing.

Having time off makes a body hyper critical and irritatingly fidgety. So far to day I have rearranged my files, refolded everything in the hot press and soon I"m going to tackle the wardrobes.
Do you have wardrobes filled with clothes you absolutely never wear? I do. Plus it seems to me I only wear one tenth of my clothes on a regular basis. I can often be found lurking about the dryer waiting for my favourite shirt to dry, completely ignoring the fact that there is a wardrobe upstairs positively groaning with shirts. I wear jeans and t-shirts and boots pretty much 365 days a year, adding a layer of fleece in winter, unless I am in sports wear or completely dolled up to the nines. So what's the point in having wardrobes fully of crap I never wear? No wonder I can never find anything.
To combat this I am going to pare it all back down. Shortly-armed with nothing more than an inquisitive Puddy and some black sacks- I am going to de-clutter my existence some what. I am going to recycle 70% of it. Out vile polos, begone strange high waisted trousers, do I really need eighteen black v-neck jumpers? No I do not. When was the last time I ever wore polyester? Oh that's right, the twelfth of bloody never, that's when. OUT!
I will be ruthless, no, 'mmm I might wear it..' No 'maybe ' piles. NO! NO! And thrice NO! Unless it's 'good wear' if I haven't worn it in six months chances are I'll never wear it. Out. OUT!
I will be free and my wardrobes empty. Then I can start all over again. First thing I won't be buying is a satin leotard. Or anything in polyester, I've got to pinky swear that one to myself.
And also a bright spotty shift dress with a red sash? What the hell was I thinking?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I swear to God if you looked in my wardrobe you’d think it was the closet reserved for Massey Brother customers, everything is black. Sometimes it’s hard to part with things, I prefer to arrange my wardrobe.

I'm going to the Beacon later to see what the crack with this injury is, I hope to God they dont jock me I will positively scream the place down.


11:02 a.m.  
Blogger Rusticissimus maximus said...

Good show! I did that a few months ago and my GOD the amount of crap I had in my drawers was shameful. Each 're-discovery' led to gasps and cringing. With the amount of stuff I gave away to SVP (I pity the people who receive my donations) I feel like I've, somehow, reduced my carbon footprint...not sure if that one works, but it was a bloody big pile of clothes!

11:10 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Feng Shui experts, a wardrobe clotted with unused/unloved stuff is akin to being constipated. Blowing out all the unwanted items should get all kinds of good mojo going in your life.

12:43 p.m.  
Anonymous morgor said...

I tend to make an effort to wear all the clothes in my wardrobe.
even the things i don't like as a reminder not to buy horrible clothes in future.

When it boils down to it, all I really like wearing are green combats with a plain t-shirt but I force myself to try other things so my girlfriend doesn't give out to me hehe.

12:47 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Getting rid of the excess is going to work wonders in your life, I swear. The last time my sister was here she looked at my (small) closet and my dresser and asked, "That's it?" That's it.
And no one's the wiser because like you say, we wear the same things over and over again whether we have a warehouse full of clothes, or just enough for a couple weeks plus two or three special events.

Go, FMC, go! Purge those clothes!

1:01 p.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...

No no no no no no, you're making me feel guilty. I so badly need to do the same but I love all my clothes. I can' bear to part with them. Don't make me do it by writing a post abotut it and then I feel I have to, cos it's a sign, like.....

1:21 p.m.  
Blogger aquaasho said...

*that should be "can't"*

1:22 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

I'm all for the clothing purge, and do at least two a year - when I do the summer/winter clothing storage switch. You'll feel great, and then you can find stuff, and what you need but don't have, you can go and buy.

Trying to get SPOUSE to get rid of some things lately - he's got at least 4 times the amount of clothes I have. Doesn't wear a tenth of them. Honestly - he's got three dressers and three quarters of a walk in closet. I have one dresser and a corner of the closet. Holy shit. I married Cher!

2:52 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

I have regular clear outs, but if I don't take them to the charity shop right away, I start retrieving things and end up with most of it back in the wardrobe. I seem to buy the same things over and over - and far too many shoes, underwear and bags.

2:59 p.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

i love cleaning the closet and getting rid of everything! although i'm finding that with my lab work, i'm constantly destroying clothes... so i've started hanging on to the ones i don't wear so i can wear them in the lab. that way if they end up with giant spots or holes i don't care as much. that's my excuse, anyway.

3:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

I do this a couple times a year too but the last few times I have lacked ruth.

But it's Spring after all. Season of bin liners and mellow spider-slaughter. I thin k you might have inspired me, fmc. I think I hear my closet trembling.

3:28 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

'Course I didn't lack ruth - that was my point. I lacked lacking ruth. I'm a right lacker.

3:30 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I"m trying to be ruthless this time-I have found bloody clothes I've saved from the early nineties. WHy? Why? When am I going to wear purple velvet trousers again? Why did I wear them in the first place? Oh the shame.

3:38 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

The purple velvet trousers could be a part of a great Halloween costume, though.
I do a purge when we move but I was just thinking about doing one the other day, FMC.

I went downtown to buy sunscreen yesterday and I looked all around the Bay dept store at the clothes and didn't see one thing that I liked. Not one. All of the dresses were these hideously loud floral or geometric prints.

3:50 p.m.  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

Me too, Medbh. I was shopping the other day and I'm not liking this sloppy 80s fashion revival in the shops right now. At all.

4:02 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"purple velvet trousers"

Ahhh ha ha ha. The 90's should be shot.

Meabh, I think it is a global thing, you can't get nice clothes anywhere. I'm sure you know the selection in Ireland is shit but even in Chicago (My best shopping place) a couple of weeks ago there was nothing. If things get worse we'll have to start making our own clothes people!


4:07 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nonny, I'm one step ahead of you. Two sundresses down, a dozen to go. I've convinced myself that once I've found a pattern that fits and looks the way I want it to look, there's no reason why I can't just keep whipping up the same dress in different fabrics.

I can't wait for the future, when we all get to wear the same uniform. You know, for when we meet the aliens and need to show we're all on the same team.

4:44 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

There is nothing wrong with purple velvet trousers.

4:46 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grims, you are right I long for that day too. I need a summer uniform like that. Something I can buy in 7 different colours and live in.

Twenty, with all due respect, I know what you look like, seriously don't do it pet. For the love of God and your unsuspecting family, just don't.


4:59 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

What do you think of the return of the gladiator sandals?
They're all over the fashion mags.
Are they fug, bondage-y, or sleek and easy to walk in?

5:02 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh yeah I have seen them, I'm not a fan, I am more of a stilettos lady or converse at a push. I like birkenstock's though, they are damn sleek and easy to walk in. Do the have them in America?


5:17 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Gladiator sandals are fun with a simple dress - it makes people wonder about your proclivities! Very comfy - not worth spending too much cash on as it'll be a one season wonder. Gold ballet pumps are all the rage in my neck of the woods, and vertiginous wedges - talk about from the sublime to the ridiculous. I almost broke my ankle to-day teetering along in ridiculous wedges. Are we mad or what?

5:24 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Mad, but stylish.

6:05 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Also it is beer o'clock.

6:12 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Gladiator sandals: Fug
Birkenstocks: Hippie Fug
Current women's fashions: Unbelievable fug

Nonny, there is absolutely NOTHING sleek about a birkenstock, except the bong of the person who wears them.

I am lost - it's why I buy all my clothes in the mens departments these days. Or in vintage shops.

And can we discuss the "Shrink & Pink?" It's the shoe industry term for taking a decent looking men's shoe, and making the women's version only available in pink or with pink trim. So...if my foot is smaller than a men's 7, which it is, I MUST like pink, right? Medbh, I've adopted your phrase "cult of compulsory femininity" and this is just one example.

Makes me seethe!

6:46 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Shebah, that made me think of the pic that's going around of Fergie twisting her ankle in her heels.

Nonny, you're fucking with me, right? Birkenstocks have been a hippie bane on North American fashion forever.
I wouldn't be caught dead in a pair.

6:48 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I certainly wasn't thinking of actually buying my first pair of Birkenstocks this summer or anything...not at all...

Seriously, even these are fugly?

Clearly, I need to be saved from myself.

10:45 p.m.  
Blogger laughykate said...

I have a wardrobe full of my clothes I regularly wear, and attempt to cull on about a two year cycle. ( Am rubbish at it, though).

And then I have another wardrobe full of my grandmothers' and mother's clothes that are far too fantastic to throw out. (And do get put back into circulation).

9:19 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That Fergie fall looked bloody painful. I've fallen out of shoes more than once. Last time was actually around the time of the blog awards when I fell out of my suede shoebooties, blasted things are so freaking high balancing can be very precarious.
G Palthrow has been rocking the heels of late. She wore a pair of amazing heels when she was doing the publicity round for Iron man, I'd have pushed her out of them an run off given half the chance.
Andraste -that pink man shoe things sound utterly vile. What marketing sap thought that up I wonder and how can we find him and give him a solid thrashing.

10:05 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't fallen in year, I can sprint in high shoes, not the most pleasant of sights but still if the need be I can do it. "Shoeboooties" though??

Meabh, Birkenstocks don’t seem to have that reputation here, I thought they were German. Rest assured though I do not own a pair, Mam wears them, I just wore them home from her house the other night and thought them quite comfy. Unless I am running I rarely wear flat shoes outside the house. In the house, now that’s a different story, why at this very moment I am donning my duckie all in one jarmmers and my Nike Air Classics that I have since I was about 17.


12:20 p.m.  
Anonymous SeanR said...

So sad to see how Take that have let themselves go... maybe these guys could give some tips to Amy?

11:30 p.m.  

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